Friday, 27 August 2010

Maltese Culture Movement shoot - Imnarja Day

I have now been in the UK for 4 years.  Although I consider myself well settled in East Norfolk, I still get bouts of homesickness at times.  This isn't necessarily missing home, as my home is here! :) I miss talking freely in Maltese, talking as quickly as is customary for us, and gesticulating lots too :))

I also miss the food, not so much in that I can't find what ingredients I need for my recipes, as most stuff is available freely now, but then I can't manage to cook all  Maltese goodies well enough, (have I mentioned pastizzi yet?!!!).  My ever present interest in food, together with a tingle of homesickness, took me to London a few weeks ago, to cover the Maltese Culture Movement's Imnarja Day Celebration.

I hope the photos cover the essence of the day, which started with a celebration of the feast of St Peter and St Paul (l-Imnarja) during Mass.  His Excellency the Maltese High Commissioner, Mr Zammit Tabona, and Mrs Zammit Tabona were in attendance for both the Mass and the fair afterwards, and the commissioner was gracious enough to spend a bit of time with ourselves for a little chat.  The commissioner was not aware of us being motorsport enthusiasts (he is a Jaguar fan) so we had a bit of a chat about footy instead!

The second part of the day consisted of a fair selling Maltese products, including pastizzi, ravjul (ravioli), biskuttini (biscotti) etc.  We had our fair share of pastizzi whilst many others sat down for a hearty Maltese lunch. As it was a very warm day, we did not stay too long, and left for the long drive back to Norfolk whilst others were still enjoying themselves, however Malta Day is only two weeks away now, and we shall be going back for more pastizzi, Maltese chat and some photography :)

Hope you like the images and look foward to your comments as usual!

Have a good weekend everybody!! x







Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Creative block

I've stolen an idea for a post today... yeah, really...
I've grabbed an inspirational video from a fellow Maltese's blog, a great illustrator and graphic artist called Jimmy Grima, whose work I was admiring earlier...

I recently spent time looking up friends and friends of friends in LinkedIn and I've realised, just very suddenly, what a large number of Maltese are doing fantastic work in the creative arts .... I felt fantastically humbled and a bit disillusioned, as if my work was just scratching the surface of the reality of it all... and I actually still had to work very hard to reach the level of creativity that I aspire to...

I generally put a lot of effort in my work, a lot of thought and planning goes in to achieve what I want...  I look forward to the adrenalin kick that I get when an image of mine flashes up on my monitor and makes me stare and grin, and when I impress a client with my work.

Posting to blog is very difficult sometimes, as I look back at my previous postings and wonder whether the latest work is up to scratch and a little bit better, or in a different direction, to my other work. I would not post just any photo so I scrutinize my work and only post the very best, the work that is up there for me and that I am happy to move forward on with and share with you. This often leads to a creative block that makes it increasingly difficult for me to come up with new ideas to share with the world (well actually, my very small audience) on here.

How do you move on after you've produced what you think is your greatest work? Do you worry about it, ponder to infinity, procrastinate? Or do you just labour on, and keep finding inspiration in the little things that surround you, and the ideas just keep flowing, just very naturally?

I thought the following talk by Elizabeth Gilbert was very inspiring - beware, it is about 20 minutes long, but worth listening to and pondering on...

Enjoy x

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Sneak preview - eshoot R&L

Hello everybody! Just a short update to my blog this evening as I'm working through images taken at R&L's eshoot.  They're a truly wonderful couple, and a joy to work with.  The shoot was so much fun, with lots of laughter, and we are really looking forward to their wedding in a few weeks time!

Just one shot from this session, a little taster ... :)

Hope you like it and look forward to your comments!!


Will try and catch up with my blogging very soon... :)

Wish you all a good week!  x

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